This section of barge board, the only known decorated example of the late 17th century still surviving in New England, was salvaged from John Sheldon's house in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The house was torn down in 1848. The decorative eave barge boards ran along the gable ends of the house. Sheldon completed the building of his ambitious two-story home in 1699. Within five years, the house and its inhabitants were attacked in the raid on Deerfield. The house withstood the attack and later became known as the "Old Indian House." This section of barge board, the front door, and a few other architectural elements were saved as relics.